South Africa v India 6th ODI Preview: Session times, pitch, head to head, playing XI and live stream

Date: Friday, 16 February 2018

Time: 13:00 (SAST)

Venue: Supersport Park, Centurion.

Live Stream & TV: SABC 3, SuperSport 2 (South Africa), Sony Ten 1 & Sony Ten 3 (India), Sky Sports Main Event (UK).

Overview
The series is well and truly dusted as far as determining a winner is concerned, and South Africa only have pride to play for going into the sixth and final One Day International against India as Supersport Park, Centurion hosts its second match of the series.

The visitors go into this particular contest with an unassailable 4-1 lead having clinched their first ever series win on South African soil as they defeated the hosts by 73 runs in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday.

Teams

South Africa

With no chance of winning the series, this renders the Proteas free to experiment with a few combinations as they continue to build to next year’s world cup which, according to the team’s leadership, is top priority going forward. This could see someone like Farhaan Behardien – who is the only member of the squad yet to feature – finally getting a run in the series.

Chris Morris, who was sidelined by injury in the crucial fifth ODI, could also find himself back in the XI to sort out the issue of the long tail which hamstrung South Africa’s chase in the previous outing as Heinrich Klaasen quickly ran out of batting partners.

India

A 5-1 series win will do doubt look more emphatic than a 4-2 triumph for the visitors but they will no doubt be tempted to give some of their fringe players brought on tour a run.

They will be pleased by the return to form of opener Rohit Sharma who scored his first century on South African soil in the previous clash, taking the number of Indian centurions in this series to three, two more than the single ton scored by Faf du Plessis in the opening match at Kingsmead.

Weather forecast
Some rain is predicted for Pretoria throughout the day and could threaten to cause a stop-start affair as precipitation is forecast throughout the day.

Pitch
The Supersport Park surface has been rather uncharacteristically dry in the two matches staged here during the summer.

Spin was firmly in the game as early as the first day of the second Test and, in the earlier ODI, the spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal caused some problems for the South African batsmen.

With just a little over a week between the two ODIs, not much will have changed but the home side could want a little grass covering as too negate the threat brought on by the wrist spinners.


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